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Police Seek Clues, Tips In New Year's Slaying
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With very few leads materializing to date, authorities are going public with their plea for help in solving a murder case.

The death of Lynette Garza, 23, of Modesto is being investigated as a homicide but police have little to go on in the Tuesday, Jan. 1 incident.

Police were called to a possible vehicle accident, reported in the 25000 block of River Road, just east of McHenry Avenue in Escalon shortly after 3:30 a.m. on New Year's Day.

South County Crime Stoppers spokeswoman Donna Jackson said they are now getting involved, with a reward being offered in the case.

Jackson said when authorities arrived on the scene, they found an abandoned green vehicle on the south side of River Road facing the wrong direction. While checking the area they found the body of a female down the embankment, lying approximately 60 feet from the vehicle and down toward the Stanislaus River.

The victim was later identified as Garza and authorities said the body had obvious signs of trauma, consistent with a homicide.

"Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office Investigations, 209-468-4425," said Jackson. "Tips may also be reported anonymously to South County Crime Stoppers 24 hours a day at 209-823-4636."

Callers remain anonymous and can collect up to $1,000 for information on the case the results in the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.